Using SmartGit with Beanstalk
SmartGit is built on Java, so you need to install the Java Runtime Environment first.
How does it work?
To start using your Git repository, you need to clone your repository or open a working tree first. In order to use SmartGit, you still need some basic knowledge of how Git works, though SmartGit hides most of the complexity. Keep in mind that you will need to setup SSH keys in order to use SmartGit. You can find information about generating SSH keys in our help section.
To clone repository all you need to do is go to Project → Clone… and then enter Repository URL or Local Directory, depending whether you have a remote or local repository. If you would like to clone your Beanstalk repository, you would enter something like this:
On the next step all you need to do is select a local path on your computer where you would like to clone the repository and you are done, you have setup your working copy.
After you have setup your working copy, you can easily fetch, commit, push, delete, merge, branch, and switch. There are many more commands available, but these are the ones you will probably use most of the time.
So why would you use a GUI tool like SmartGit? Well, if you are not a big fan of the command line, and you like to see the set of commands to use, then a GUI tool is for you. You can see which files have been edited, which ones were removed, all the recent commits and pushes, and all this without using any commands.
For example, if you just select the file which you have recently edited you can easily see changes for that file:
In only a matter of minutes you will be committing, pushing, branching and switching between branches with SmartGit. If you want to get most out of it in your project, the command line is the way to go, but other than that, you will do just fine with SmartGit too.